May 16, 2017

My Old "Radio" Show - The March of Time

I used to have this "radio show", it was imaginary though, I just put the episodes on the internet. I was always finding old, interesting records at the thrift store down the road from my house and I decided to use them to make a show. The whole thing is just so ridiculous, looking back I can't understand what possessed me to do this. I guess I didn't have much going on in my life at the time - just doing puppet shows at Disney World. And I can't believe this is now over ten years old. 

It is fun and interesting to look, or rather, listen to these episodes. They're sort of like a time capsule of my life at that time. I was living in an alternate universe for a few years. I ended up making about fifteen episodes, which you can find all of somewhere on soundcloud. And then a little while later (maybe 2011?) I sort of revived it with a sequel program called Points in Times - which was equally escapist driven. 

I guess the whole thing is sort of a predecessor to my current work The Creatures of Yes

Here is the first episode, if you're interested: 

May 12, 2017

Sesame Street Treasury

I only had volume one when I was a kid, but it was one of my favorite books. I'm going to collect them all! Why not?

May 10, 2017

After Party! .... Ten Years Ago

Here's a flyer I put together for an Orlando Puppet Festival after party. I think it was 2006 or 7, not sure. And I don't remember the party at all. I must have gone?

May 6, 2017

The Grandmother of the Trans Movement and Bibles from the '70s

A couple years ago I made a post about some Bibles from the '70s:

I didn't really write anything in that post, but when I was a kid we had all these bibles at my church. For some reason, I thought they were really cool. They probably reminded me of the sort of design you'd see on PBS - stuff that was made in the '70s but still airing when I was a little kid.

Anyway, I just came across this article in the Advocate:

And right there in the photo, Phyllis Frye is holding one of those bibles! I don't know why she is. And I don't really know why I'm so excited about it, but there it is. A strange little connection. 

April 24, 2017

Minimoog - PAIA 2700 & 4700

Some guy in the '70s built this Paia system but he really wanted a Moog system, so, he made it look like a Moog.... kind of like a miniature Moog. I think it looks really great! He has it listed on ebay right now.

"I always wanted a Moog 3C so I remade all the front panels to look like the moog with 1/8" alum panels, 1/4" jacks and KnobsI always wanted a Moog 3C so I remade all the front panels to look like the moog with 1/8" alum panels, 1/4" jacks and Knobs"

March 11, 2017

Carousel Of The Planets vs. Anastasia

I feel like all these old Moog records are just so goofy it's hard to get into them - sometimes the goofiness actually hits the perfect note and the song is just wonderful, like with Rick Powell's Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town:

But I think that's pretty rare, and I digress! Usually, when I find an old Moog record the first thing I try to do is find the "pretty song". There isn't always a ballad but there's usually one song that's a bit more wistful than the others, if not still a little ridiculous sounding. On Perry and Kingsley's Kaleidoscopic Vibrations that song is Carousel of the Planets:

The melody of that whistle-y sound reminds me of Once Upon a December from Anastasia. It starts out just the same but then goes in a different direction. I know it seems a little over the top now but when I saw Anastasia in the theater when I was thirteen it felt like a big deal. It's still pretty amazing to me that Don Bluth (Disney's Robin Hood, An American Tail, The Land Before Time) finally made a hit Princess movie - and it really is a Don Bluth Princess movie, so much grittier than Disney's offerings in the Princess Department. 

What am I talking about! Have I lost the plot? Stay tuned to see what happens next!